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Bedford County Standoff

Court documents are revealing new details about what led to a standoff between a woman and state police in Bedford County over the weekend.

According to a criminal complaint filed by state police, 57-year-old Catherine Imler is facing charges related to burglary, criminal trespassing and theft.

Troopers say the incident began around 1:30 p.m. Saturday when a man was washing dishes in his Bloomfield Township home and he spotted Imler, who was completely naked, approaching his back door.

According to the complaint, the man then heard his door receive several hard blows and assumed his door was about to break.

The man went out his front door to report what was going on.

That’s when troopers say Imler came out the back door still completely naked and carrying the man’s shotgun.

The man asked Imler what she was doing and what was wrong, to which Imler continuously stated, “it’s my house,” the complaint says.

Imler then went inside her own home along Lafayette Road, troopers say.

State police were called to the scene, and when Imler refused to come out, they set up a perimeter and activated the Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team.

Eventually, troopers say Imler was taken into custody and transported to UPMC Altoona where she was treated for self-inflicted sword wounds.

Imler is being lodged in the Bedford County Prison after she couldn’t post bail which was set at $400,000.

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